A Republican candidate for the Maine House of Representatives launched a disturbing public attack on Emma Gonzalez, one of the most visible student activists to emerge from the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 people dead.
“There is nothing about this skinhead lesbian that impresses me and there is nothing that she has to say unless you’re frothing at the mouth moonbat,” Leslie Gibson wrote about 18-year-old Emma Gonzalez, who is openly bisexual.
Gibson told Maine’s Sun Journal that it was “not appropriate to single out the Parkland students,” but said he stands firm in his defense of “our constitutional rights.” He said he served in the military and took an oath “to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
Pat Fogg, a Democratic organizer in the town of Greene, Maine, said, “That sort of stupidity really turns people off.”
Fogg said that she hopes someone will jump into the race to challenge Gibson.
Gibson has since deactivated his Twitter account.
Many on social media condemned Gibson’s attacks:
This deserves America’s Attention.
GOP Candidate for Maine’s 57th Congressional District, Leslie Gibson, tweeted this message in regards to Parkland’s @Emma4Change
“There is nothing about this skinhead lesbian that impresses me.”
Emma is a hero to us all
Les Gibson is Garbage
— Ed Krassenstein 💎 (@EdKrassen) March 13, 2018
WANTED: Dem challenger for Maine House District 57 (towns of Greene & Sabbatus). Unchallenged GOP candidate Leslie Gibson hurled verbal abuse at two teen survivors of the Parkland school shooting who have spoken out for passage of commonsense gun regs. https://t.co/2S1dHheM4R
— Tulula Tenant (@Tulula_T) March 13, 2018